Plans for a six-screen cinema at MacDonagh Junction have been submitted to Kilkenny Borough Council, but the council has deemed the planning application to be incomplete.
The application, which was submitted on March 20, seeks permission to construct the cinema on the site of the former disused MacDonagh Railway Station/ Terminus Platform, a protected structure, on the southern edge of the MacDonagh Junction Goods’ Shed Square.
The development is proposed to consist of the demolition/ removal of all existing structures on-site, including the colonnade wall currently forming the boundary separation between Goods’ Shed Square and the railway, the disused railway tracks, the former railway bridged/pedestrian underpass; the dismantling of the McDonagh Railway Station Platform (a protected structure), allowing for the restoration, re-use and relocation of the platform’s cast iron columns and arched beams within Goods’ Shed Square.
The application outlines plans for a six-screen, 1,004-seat multiplex cinema building with a gross floor space of approximately 2,562 square metres.
It also includes a new permeable pedestrian linkage south of the proposed cinema connecting the “new” Railway Station to John Street Upper/ Castlecomer New Road along the Arcaded Wall (a protected structure), which is proposed to be fully restored.